Emma Coronel Aispuro (Emma Coronel Aispuro), wife of Joaquin Guzman, Mexico’s most notorious cartel boss, was arrested in Virginia on drug trafficking charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Monday that Coronel, 31, a joint U.S.-Mexico citizen, was arrested at Dulles International Airport and plans to appear in federal court for the first time via video conference on Tuesday.
According to court documents, Coronel was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for import into the United States.
She was also accused of conspiracy to help arrange for Guzmán to traverse a spectacular escape route through a mile-long tunnel from Mexico̵
Court documents stated that Coronel and Guzman’s son organized an escape site, which included buying a piece of land near the prison, guns and an armored vehicle, and smuggling the imprisoned Cartel chief with GPS watches to ensure that the escape tunnel reached him Cell.
The statement said: “After Guzman was arrested again in Mexico in January 2016, Coronel Aispuro allegedly planned another escape with others, and then in January 2017 Guzman was extradited to the United States.”
Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years in the 2019 New York trial.
Throughout the trial, Coronel appeared in court every day, even if the evidence included text messages between her husband and a mistress.
Before her husband was sentenced, she told a compassionate TV interviewer that Guzman was a “modest” person and complained that the media had made El Chapo too “famous”.
Her arrest may further complicate the relationship between Joe Biden and the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. At the same time, security cooperation between Mexico and the United States seems to have cooled.
Mexican prosecutors recently refused to prosecute former Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos (Gen Salvador Cienfuegos), who was arrested while landing in Los Angeles in October last year and accused of protecting drug cartels.
The government of López Obrador successfully petitioned him to return. He accused the United States of acting without knowing it and not acting like its allies. The country’s Congress also approved laws restricting DEA’s operations in Mexico-US officials warned that this would weaken cross-border cooperation on security issues.
“The timing of this arrest is very interesting,” said Falko Ernst, a senior Mexican analyst at the International Crisis Group. “In a way, this seems to send a message from the United States that their traditional methods of arresting traditional actors and trying them in the United States are not in the past, even after Cienfuegos.”
American anti-drug agents worked closely to assist in the arrest of El Chapo in Mexico, where he evaded the law for a long time and became an anti-hero in his hometown of Sinaloa and other areas.
Emma Coronel was born in Santa Clara, California, and is the daughter of Sinaloa Cartel Intermediate Lieutenant Ines Coronel Barreras.
She grew up in the “Golden Triangle” of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico and is said to have met Guzman at a local festival. She was only 17 at the time and Guzman was only 51.
The couple have nine-year-old twin daughters.
Like many older Nalco bosses, El Chapo (El Chapo) has maintained a low profile despite his fame, and his wife has become the center of attention. She launched a series of clothing, some of which were printed with El Chapo’s familiar beard emoji, and tried to build her social media influence through carefully planned Instagram feeds. She even briefly appeared on American reality TV shows.
Ernst said: “Bragging is dangerous, and people who expose themselves and publicly again and again will become targets.”
“If you want to escape from prison, stepping up is not the way to go. This is what many old-school traffickers once lived in, but most of the recent generations seem to have forgotten all this.
Despite being imprisoned, Guzman still casts a long shadow in Mexico, and the Sinaloa State Cartel, now partly led by his son, is still a powerful force. When Guzman’s son Ovidio was arrested in October 2019, cartel gunmen captured the city of Culiacan and forced the national security forces to release him.
López Obrador defended this move, saying that the release of young Guzmán prevented further bloodshed.
The President of Mexico has always avoided talking about El Chapo’s illness. In late March 2020, he briefly met Guzman’s elderly mother Maria Consoro Loella while visiting Sierra Madre.
López Obrador described the kingpin’s mother as “a pensioner who deserves my full respect-no matter who her son may be” and confirmed that she has petitioned him for a US visa Help so that she can visit her son in the “Supermax” prison in Florence. ,Colorado.